Andrew Sharp (Fifth Season)
Andrew Sharp enters his fifth season at the helm of Hesston College Softball. Last year, the Larks finished with a 16-14 record in Region VI play, good for seventh place among 16 schools.
In the season before he arrived, the Larks went 4-26. In his first year, Sharp guided Hesston to a 17-23 overall record. That season, Hesston broke the school record for team fielding percentage and produced the school’s first all-region player since moving to Division II. In 2011, the Larks won 18 games and again broke the team mark for fielding percentage, as well as the overall hits mark. The 2011 team produced two all-region players and two Academic All-Americans. In 2012, Hesston Softball won 23 games, breaking the previous wins record of 22. Two players from the 2012 squad were named all-region.
Sharp pitched for the Hesston baseball team from 1997-99, earning an Associates of Arts degree in May, 1999. He later graduated from Millersville (Pa.) University with a Bachelor’s degree in history, and Wichita (Kan.) State University with a Master’s degree in sports administration.
Prior to joining Hesston Softball, Sharp served as the pitching coach for Hesston College baseball for four seasons. He also coached the Newton, Kansas, American Legion Baseball team for two years—one as an assistant coach, one as head coach.
Coach Sharp is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and lives in Hesston with his wife Amy and their children Jack and Lucy.
“A successful student athlete in my program is someone who is willing to challenge herself on the field, to think critically in the classroom, and to commit to a community-minded atmosphere on campus,” Sharp said. “Hesston College exists to shape the minds and hearts of the young people it serves, and I hope my program is a place where students come to experience growth in all areas of their lives.”
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